The undocumented immigrants (or illegal aliens if you are a Republican) are doing the jobs that Americans will not do.
This is another half truth.
The full truth is that undocumented immigrants are doing the jobs that Americans will not do for wages that are unfairly negotiated by the employers.
I have to remind my Republican friends about this quite often and yes, sometimes I have to remind my Democratic friends.
Last summer, my wife and I were visiting some Republican friends and the topic of illegal immigration came up. Their initial message was that these people are coming here for all the free stuff (that’s another half truth for another time) and when I brought up the fact that most of them are working and not here just for free stuff, their reply was that those people are doing the jobs that Americans will not do and are therefore, a necessary evil. I asked for an example and they mentioned their housekeeper, an undocumented immigrant who cleaned their house twice a week. When I asked why they could not find any local folks to take the job, they said that no one wanted to work. Now these are smart people who run businesses and are quite successful, successful enough to afford a housekeeper. So I asked this question, “If you offered higher wages for your housekeeper, don’t you think that a local citizen would take the job?” They answered, “Why would we do that when we can get an illegal to do it for less?”
I replied, “Well, that would be keeping it legal, and that’s got to count for something?”
They went on to say that if they had to pay wages high enough for a local legal resident, they could not afford a housekeeper in the first place.
And there you have it, the whole truth.
Whenever I hear anyone tell me this half truth, I make the following proposal. There is no job that any undocumented immigrant is doing today that I will not do, not one. However, as a legal resident and American citizen, I will only do that job for a fairly negotiated wage between me and my employer and both of us will agree to not go outside the legal framework to gain unfair advantage over the other.
On a side note, it’s so strange to watch the Sunday news programs this morning and hear Republicans complain about low wages in America and how that is hurting the economy. Since when were Republicans in favor of higher labor costs for their corporate masters? It is going be interesting to see how they spin this cognitive dissonance with their voters